The developer behind Lied Place Residences, the proposed 20-story building at 11th and Q streets, presented more details of the plan Tuesday to the city's Urban Design Committee.
One of the major aspects of the plan involves a wider sidewalk in front of the building, which will mean removing a lane from Q Street between 11th and 12th streets.
Urban Development Manager Hallie Salem said that stretch of the road is actually five lanes, so eliminating the southernmost turn lane should not present a problem.
The additional sidewalk space could potentially be used for a sidewalk cafe for the building's first-floor restaurant. Some of the space also will be used for streetscape improvements, as well as a loading area for service trucks, since the building will be surrounded by parking garage on three sides and will not have any other street access.
The building is billed as being 20 stories, with three levels of office space above the restaurant and 16 floors containing 40 condos. However, in practice, it will be more like 22 stories, because the restaurant space is an open mezzanine that rises the equivalent of two floors, and the building also has a nearly 20-foot-tall enclosed space at the top containing mechanical equipment.
Developer Tam Allan said the building will actually be closer to 250 feet tall, rather than an earlier estimate of 240.
Allan said the site is "very constrained" and a difficult one to build on. That may be why it took this long for the city to get the building it's desired. A request for proposals for the site in 1994 garnered no bids, while one in 1999 led to a one-story restaurant housing an Applebee's restaurant.
The restaurant closed in December 2013 and Allan and other investors bought the building in 2014 for $1.2 million. It's remained vacant since.
Construction of the building is estimated to cost $30 million, with about $5 million of that amount coming from tax-increment financing.
The plan is tentatively scheduled to go before the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission on Nov. 28.
The hope is that construction can begin in the spring, with the building opening sometime in 2021.
Urban Design Committee members gave their stamp of approval to the plans.
"I think it looks great," said Gill Peace.